Why use them for spiritual or self expanding work is really what we are talking about.
Now I don’t know about you but I am not happy when I buy a incense stick that has promised me on the packet to rid my house or space or person of any bad hoodoo voodoo only to find I haven’t done anything except give myself a major sinus headache and a bout of hay fever because they have used Fragranced oil over essential oils and all the additives they have used like manure.
Well the good thing about herbs, resins and woods is, you know exactly what you are getting when you chose it. You are also getting a pure product even if it has been mixed with other herbs, resins or woods. You can also mix your own recipes to do more than one job (i.e. clear a room, lighten the mood and enhance mental stimulation in conversations) or you can just use the one ingredient to do one job.
The great thing with loose herb, resin and woods is that if you are having a BBQ and you have a brazier going or an open fire, you can also place some in the fire to also enhance a mood at the gathering. Plus then you don’t have to worry about if curious bubba’s touching incense sticks or offending anyone who maybe sensitive to incense or fragrant smells.
In rituals they are fantastic as they all have a energetic or magical property too. These properties may overlap but depending on the situation will be which one you use.
You burn them simply by using a charcoal tablet and a terracotta bowl and you only apply half a teaspoon of mix. The tablet lasts for 60 minutes and gives you plenty of time to replenish and continue with what ever it is you are trying to achieve with your ritual.
Plus you can also use herbs in pouches and pillows to also promote healthy situations like sleep, calming, dreaming, opening awareness and improving situations. You do this by getting an organza bag or a pouch of some sort placing the herb in side and then putting it in your pillow case near where your head lays. As you sleep your head (being the part of the body that releases heat etc) warms the herb giving you a gentle yet effect aroma-sleep. This is great for kiddies who have nightmares or can’t sleep. Using the herbs, resins and woods in a bath or foot soak is also good as the warm water open the herbs and releases their beautiful oils into the bath. Your body then absorbs them giving you the ultimate Aroma-bath almost like a spa just for you..
Simply add a half cup of Epsom salts and a tablespoon of each herb or wood (1 teaspoon of resin) and swirl to blend. Lay yourself in and vola you have yourself a luscious soak for one or two. I have done up a small list to give you a basic idea of what some herbs, resins and woods can do for you...